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Why join a Domain?

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I have someone at work asking why they need to join the domain and I didn't have a great answer. What are all the benefits of joining a domain? A detailed description would be great and not just a 2-cent answer.
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It depends if the user is on a laptop and frequently not in the office. For these people, they do not need to be on a domain and probably better off not on a domain.

Desktop users benefit from systems management and group policies if you use a lot of the latter.

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My simple answer would be BECAUSE!!

It is company policy and we manage computers, users and applications in a controlled manner. They are company computers not staff's and what I say goes :P
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Neilsr, I asked to not just through your 2 cents out, but I LOVE your answer.

Anyway, thanks for the replies. Those are better answers than I have given in the past. If I through out the policy term then they will probably not ask again.
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I'd second the 'BECAUSE' answer Neilsr gave!!

Otherwise:
- Centralised management of PCs
- Centralised control of updates
- Security rights/ management controlled centrally, thus controlling access not only to PCs but also the files they access
- Ensures easy printing/ file/ network resources
- Management of user rights via GPO
- Management of user software etc via GPO
- Centralised management of AV and other essential network software
- Many, many other reasons too numerous to list

And, as Neilsr says, "what I say goes"
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How do you centralize control of updates?
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WSUS
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and that is? Where is it located?
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@rpmccly - Thank you. I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User
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WSUS is available free from Microsoft:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb332157
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Sorry, it stands for "Windows Server Update Services" - controls updates to PCs in your network. They connect to the WSUS server, instead of Microsoft Update website. More control can then also be given using GPOs in conjunction with WSUS.
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Looks like that only works with Windows 7 and office 2010, is that right? We mostly have XP and 2003 office.
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Nope, works with all Micrsoft Operating Systems (2000 and XP onwards) and all Microsoft Products.
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ok great. thanks!
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We run WSUS with XP, Office 2003, Office 2007.
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We run WSUS with windows XP, Vista, Windows7, MSSQL2005, MSSQL2008, Winsdows 2000, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 servers, Office 2003, Office 2007 and office 2010.

All updates for all of the above (Where still available) are handled by WSUS.

Even better if you can integrate and use SCCM as well!
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ok, great. I am not an IT pro so I have no idea what all these abbreviations mean. Whats SCCM??
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SCCM = System Center Configuration Manager
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